Ghana’s 1978 AFCON hero Opoku dies

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

1978 AFCON winning striker Afriyie Opoku has passed in Kumasi, Ghana aged 75.

Nicknamed Bayie, Opoku is remembered for scoring a brace in the 1978 AFCON final against Uganda Cranes in Accra.

He scored a goal in each half to inspire Ghana to their third ever championship in history.

Opoku’s stellar career as a player saw him feature for Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak. He emerged top scorer of the Ghanaian league in 1979 and 1981.

He also coached Asante Kotoko and also served as the team manager of the Black Stars.

A look at Uganda’s XI in the 1978 AFCON final
Paul Ssali, GK (Simba FC), Jimmy Kirunda (KCC), Tom Lwanga (KCC), Moses Nsereko – RIP (KCC), Eddie Ssemwanga – RIP (Maroons), Abbey Nasur (Maroons), Sam Musenze – RIP (KCC), Godfrey Kisitu – RIP (Simba FC), Phillip Omondi – RIP (KCC), Mike Kiganda – RIP (Express), Fred Isabirye – RIP (Simba FC)

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